If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, your head might spin. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We were sad to hear that Rahi closed, but we’re happy to know that Semma has already opened in its place. The focus at the newest restaurant from the team behind Adda and Dhamaka are Southern Indian dishes like dosas, goat biryani, and a whole Dungeness crab feast for two. Stop by Semma’s tropical-themed dining room on Greenwich Avenue for dinner between 5-10pm, Tuesday-Sunday, to try them all.
Sobre Masa Tortilleria
Williamsburg heirloom corn emporium, Sobre Masa, opened a tortilleria in Bushwick by the Morgan Avenue L train station. On top of serving a slew of tacos and cocktails, the space will also function as a tortilla factory, a grocery store with Mexican specialty items, and a cafe in the morning focusing on Oaxacan coffee and pastries. A fun fact: we smelled corn writing this caption.
Natural wine, fresh pastries, and top-quality espresso seem to be the three things fueleing St. Jardim, a new West Village cafe on the corner of 10th and West 4th Street. During the day, it’s a coffee shop with several large windows. But starting at 5:30pm, Wednesday-Sunday, the team starts pouring pét-nats and serving snacks like marinated olives, fresh focaccia, and charcuterie. St. Jardim seems very casual at first glance, but we have a feeling it’ll become a party place after the sun does down - especially since they don’t stop pouring wine until midnight.
Pig Beach BBQ
One of our favorite places to drink outdoors and eat BBQ with a big group in Gowanus has opened a second location in Queens. The new Pig’s Beach has an even bigger patio than the Brooklyn original, and in addition to things like brisket and mac and cheese, this new Long Island City spot is also servings specials like smoked lamb shoulder and Cuban mojo ribs.
There’s a massive new restaurant from the team behind Colonia Verde that just opened at the Freehand Hotel in Flatiron. The owners ran another restaurant by the same name in the West Village but closed it back in 2017. Now they’ve taken over the former Simon & The Whale space serving a menu of Latin dishes like lamb sliders on a pão de queijo bun, ceviche, and beef tartare with a side of chicharrones.
Sweetbriar is a new upscale American spot located in a hotel in the 20s just off Park Avenue, where an ex-Eleven Madison Park chef is running the kitchen. So if you work in Kips Bay, enjoy live music, or have an affinity for smoked short ribs, this might just become your new favorite dinner spot. They’ve got a long, green leather-lined bar area, and a bunch of small tables in the main dining room that’s about the size of a jazz club.
Taqueria Santa Fe
A casual Mexican spot with locations in Brooklyn and Queens recently opened its third brick-and-mortar restaurant in East Harlem. Taqueria Santa Fe’s new uptown location looks like a solid option the next time you’re craving steak quesadillas, al pastor tacos, or barbacoa nachos. You can call the restaurant directly to place a pick-up or delivery order, but know that they’ve also got a spacious dining room on 1st Avenue that could work for an affordable group meal in the area.
Dowling's at The Carlyle
The scenes from Madeline painted on the walls at Bemelman’s Bar, one of our all-time favorite places to drink martinis and glare at people, also make appearances right next door at Dowling’s. The legendary Carlyle Hotel’s recently-reopened restaurant serves dishes like foie gras terrine, tuna tartare, chicken paillard. So the next time you want to eat the kinds of stuff a wealthy French person might feed you before you're tested in some kind of mashup between The Hunger Games x Squid Game, head to Dowling’s for lunch, dinner, or brunch on weekends.
If you’re in the mood to spend $400 per person eating a 20-piece sushi omakase in Tribeca, Icca is the newest place to do it. The former head chef of Sushi Ginza Onodera is now preparing what appears to be a very special sushi experience here. But if you’d rather try a more casual six-piece omakase for $153 at Icca instead, there’s another chef doing a mash-up of Italian and Japanese dishes at the bar.
The team behind Hunan Slurrp in the East Village recently opened this new Chinese restaurant in the same neighborhood. From mackerel dumplings and truffle shrimp toast to mapo tofu and crudo, the menu at this two-floor spot on East 9th Street seems ideal for those of us who love seafood. Plus, Dumpling Lab seems like a strong contender for where to get a solid dinner under $50 per person in the area.
A new Mochidocki location on the Upper East Side will begin serving special flavors like everything bagel mochi ice cream on October 22nd. You’ll also find their classic flavors like their ube, vegan matcha, salted caramel, and black sesame at the new brick-and-mortar location in Manhattan. Get them all individually or order a box filled with up to 12 different flavors you may or may not choose to share with your roommate.
The Mary Lane
The people behind West Village restaurant staples like Little Owl, Market Table, and The Clam have just opened another all-day spot in the neighborhood, focused on fresh and seasonal dishes from across the Mediterranean, Japan, and the West Coast. From king trumpet mushroom tartare and sauteed halibut, to roasted grapes and a brined pork loin, The Mary Lane is bringing a wide range of healthy-sounding dishes to Bank Street. Try them out for lunch, dinner, or during their weeknight Happy Hour which runs from 5-6pm.
Ci Siamo, the newest restaurant from Union Square Hospitality Group, is where you’ll find seasonal Italian food and live-fire cooking in a big space near Hudson Yards. According to their team, Ci Siamo translates to “we’ve made it” or “we’ve arrived,” which is something you might only get to say after you’ve waded through 100 Resy notifies for a table here.
The bakery team behind Winner in Park Slope has finally opened its second Brooklyn food and wine project, Runner Up. And much like at their original bakery on Saturday mornings, people are already lining up to try this new restaurant and wine bar on a quiet block near 7th Avenue in Park Slope. Come here to grab a few small plates like scallop crudo and uni toast with a glasses of French white, or to have a full-on feast involving things like rotisserie chicken, poached trout, zucchini salad, and more. This walk-in-only restaurant is currently open from 5-9pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Bushwick’s newest concert venue, Brooklyn Made, has a horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar called Connie’s inside where you can grab drinks with friends before or after a show. It’s got a pool table, several different beer drafts on tap, and a small menu of bar snacks you can try from the big leather couch that wraps around the dimly lit seating area. The whole operation opens up at 4pm on weekdays and 12pm on weekends and runs until “late” every day.
There’s a new Brazilian spot on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside, Queens where you can literally eat your weight in Brazilian-style skirt steak, pork sausages, and rotisserie chicken. Belo is run by one of the people behind Alcove in Astoria, and once you’re seated either out front on the bright yellow patio or inside at the bar counter, you can go all-in on some crispy linguica, farofa with bacon, and pão de queijo.
This new Hong Kong-style comfort food restaurant serves a menu of sandwiches, macaroni soups, instant noodles, savory toast, and fresh milk tea on Bayard Street. The owners used to run the neighborhood favorite 388 Cafe & Deli, another Hong Kong-style cafe on Eldridge Street that closed back in July. Stop by the tiny, counter-service shop from 7:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Saturday, or between 8:30am-4:30pm on Sunday.
Tribeca’s newest DIY lunch bowl spot serves dishes like zucchini noodle beef bolognese, cauliflower chicken curry, and more over the counter on Murray Street. It’s a great option to know about if you particularly like high-quality meat around noon on a Wednesday, but also want to include your friends who need gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian options. OneSeed is open every day (at 11am) except Sunday.
Café De L’enfer
If you’re reading this, then you know it’s our job to keep track of all the latest restaurant openings in the city. So we know for a fact that the team behind vegan spots like Avant Garden and Ladybird is in the lead for most restaurant and bar openings in 2021. Their latest project, Café de L’Enfer, is an absinthe and Champagne cocktail bar right above Amor y Amargo in the East Village. It’s a dark and narrow drinking spot with skulls lining the walls that looks like a 24/7 Halloween party.
This casual-but-perpetually-busy Greenwich Village handroll spot has open a second location on North 12th Street, right across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg. The new Nami Nori serves a couple of unique open-faced temaki (not dissimilar to the shape of a taco) that you won’t be able to order at their original restaurant. They’re also focusing on sake in a way the original spot hasn’t, along with a lengthy drink menu.
The people behind Kind Regards have just opened a new spot in the East Village called Dingaling, and it looks like a strong contender for one of The Most Fun Bars In NYC Right Now. They’ve got a menu of unexpected bar menu items like a hot dog topped with Flamin Hot Cheetos, vegan nachos, and a daiquiri made with blended banana bread. Dingaling is open Tuesday-Sunday starting as early as 2pm on Saturday, with a Happy Hour special running from 4-7pm throughout the week and all day on Sunday.
A double cheeseburger, curly fries, and a milkshake - it’s your order at a ’50s drive-in, and it should be your future order at the new Harlem Shake location in Park Slope. The cheeseburger (which is on our Best Burger guide) comes with two charred, smash-style patties and special sauce, the curly fries are served with chipotle mayo, and the milkshake is a 16-ounce red velvet shake made with Blue Marble ice cream. You’ll also find some local collaborations here like a frosé from Island Pops.
With a motto like “Cheap Ass Drinks, All The Time,” we have a feeling that Myrtle Pub will be the talk of Ridgewood very soon. The new dive bar has specials like a $5 beer and shot combo, a daily 2-for-1 Happy Hour until 8pm, and $2 Rolling Rock cans. All of those deals should make grabbing drinks with a friend on a budget a whole lot more feasible.
An ex-Roberta’s chef has just opened her own restaurant in Greenpoint called Nura, and the space looks like one of those warehouse apartments you saved to your Pinterest board back in 2013. The spacious dining room has some nice skylight, giant windows, and brick walls lined with plant life. But the real focus here is the housemade bread baked in a tandoor oven. Order some to pair with dishes like Nura’s pickled mussels in coconut and green apple broth and chili-glazed chicken with leek yogurt and fermented greens.
Jade, a colorful new bar with a sidewalk patio, has taken over Bushwick’s former Jones Beach bar space directly under the MZ train on Lexington Avenue. They’ve got a menu of $12 cocktails and $10 frozen options, neon red club lighting, and a long narrow bar area where you can lounge around with one of your amateur DJ friends (or possibly make some new ones).
After months of running a pop-up in Greenwich Village, the Thaimee Love team has opened a permanent location in the same neighborhood. From Thai specialties like red curry ribs and a green curry lamb shank to a crispy pork belly plate and chicken soup with laab chili, the majority of the menu at Thaimee is meant to be shared. If you’re looking to goal out, they’ve got a $180 tasting menu for two available every night.
This French patisserie is the newest vendor to open inside The Market Line, on the bottom floor of Essex Market. Stop by for top-notch desserts like macarons, croissants, and pumpkin tarts the next time you get a taste for something sweet on the LES.
Land to Sea
East Williamsburg has a new coffee shop and event space where you can drink things like Hong Kong milk tea, ginger lattes, and salted plum sodas. Land to Sea will also be used to host bake sales, workshops, film screenings, and much more in the future. Right now, you can stop by the inside cafe to snack on things like kaya toast and ham and cheese bolo baos (sent over directly from Double Crispy Bakery in Chinatown).
HOWM Cocina & Cocktails
There’s a new restaurant inside the Selina Chelsea hotel that specializes in dishes from Mexico, Central America, and South America. In addition to a piping hot plate of complimentary fried plantain, you should come here expecting to cover your table in things like charred octopus with jalapeño hummus, guava-glazed roasted chicken, or a rib-eye for two with chimichurri on the side. You can also drink a Negroni inside the massive dining room or out on the patio, or take in the excellent views upstairs at the hotel’s rooftop bar.
A new Korean spot specializing in sizzling platters of grilled beef and pork intestines just landed on Koreatown’s W 32nd Street. From the full bar stocked with soju and a wide range of Korean BBQ options to the massive seafood stews, Jongro Gopchan seems like a great place to go for a fun group dinner in the area.
If you’ve been looking for halal Peruvian dishes like rotisserie chicken or salchipapa below 14th Street, Pollos L.E.S. might be your new favorite restaurant. The casual dining room has a mural of cartoon chickens frolicking on a farm, tables covered in red and white checkered tablecloths, and a menu of meat-heavy dishes that should bring you comfort throughout the fall and winter months ahead.
Like very strong allergy medication, Grabstein’s on the UES serves its everything, cinnamon raisin, and pumpernickel bagels over the counter. The new bakery on East 96th Street also has BLTs, egg sandwiches, burritos, and salads on the menu just in case you’re not in the mood to spend your morning with a kettle-cooked disc of dough.
Eros is a new Greek restaurant that just opened up on 2nd Avenue in the East Village, taking over the former Kitchen Sink space. The menu consists of grilled halloumi baby lamb chops, and moussaka, and the signage out front at this corner spot is covered in branches so it’s hard to miss.
There’s a new Daily Provisions location in Midtown, right inside the neighborhood’s newest food hall and massive real estate development, Manhattan West. It’s just a few blocks east of Hudson Yards, and is home to a full menu of fresh crullers, roast beef sandwiches, and chicken dinners. The restaurant is open from 8am-8pm daily, and you can even skip the line and place your pickup order ahead of time on their website.
Speaking of Hudson Yards, Jibs is the newest spot to open in this massive real estate development on the west side of Manhattan. This New England-style lobster shack specializes in the kind of food you’d be eating on a beach day, like fried seafood baskets with crabcakes and calamari, cheeseburgers, and ice cream sundaes. You can enjoy it all at the long wood bar inside or at one of their private cabanas overlooking the Hudson River.
For those of you who are proud fans of high-quality coffee beans, La Cabra might sound familiar. The famous Scandinavian coffee roaster has just opened a cafe and bakery on 2nd Avenue in the East Village where you can try their pour-over, cold brew, or espresso drinks made from beans flown in from Copenhagen. If you’re not as into coffee, you can still stop by for a loaf of sourdough, a cardamom bun, or flaky croissant prepared by a baker who used to work at Bien Cuit.
The UWS has a new soccer-themed Mexican restaurant serving steak burritos, birria tacos, and more on West 94th Street. Stop by Taqueria 86 on Tuesday to take advantage of their $3 Taco Tuesday special, or come in any other day of the week between 12pm and 9pm to try their loaded torta with breaded steak, sausage, ham, and scrambled eggs. If you sit inside, there’s a wall decal of a World Cup game you can analyze while waiting for your food.
One of the people behind Olmsted and Maison Yaki has just opened a new slice shop in Williamsburg. They specialize in square slices of five different flavors: tomato, cheese, pepperoni, white slice, and “barbeque,” which is topped with cumin hot sauce, jalapeños, and red onion. They’ve also got a bunch of pantry staples inside like Japanese mayonnaise and pickles available Wednesday through Sunday.
Marvelous By Fred
Midtown has a new flagship location of Marvelous by Fred, the French bakery serving excellent pastries like petite brioche and fresh waffles.
If you live in Greenpoint, it’s possible you already spend part of your weekends wandering Franklin Street. Well, now you can add Sereneco to your list of places to sporadically drop in on. This huge all-day cafe is on the ground floor of the old pencil factory building, and they serve dishes like grilled prawns with salsa verde, a pork chop with focaccia panzanella, and pancakes and baked eggs during brunch.
You may know Chikarashi as the fast-casual poke bowls spot with long lunch lines. But Chikarashi Isso is a high-end Japanese restaurant from the same people that closed back in March 2020. After running a rooftop counter pop-up at Hotel 50 Bowery, this Fidi spot is officially back open and serving things like wagyu with caviar and wok lobster with soft shell shrimp. So if you’re near the Stock Exchange and looking for an excellent meal and a few cocktails without committing to a big night out, keep this in mind.
Dough Rockefeller Center
NYC-based chain, Dough, has just opened a new doughnut shop in Midtown. Just a few weeks after opening a new location in Astoria, the team has arrived at Rockefeller Center with new doughnut flavors like cherry greek yogurt topped with chopped walnuts and mint.
NoMad has a new fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain serving things chicken milanesa tortas, tlyaduas, and spicy churros. While Tortazo has a couple of locations in Chicago, this is the restaurant’s first NYC location. It seems like a great place to get a quick and filling meal on your lunch break.
Prospect Height’s Sofreh is one of the few Persian restaurants in Brooklyn, and now the owners have opened a second, more casual location in Bushwick. The daytime spot on Bogart Street is now serving coffee, tea, and Iranian pastries like lemon rosewater donuts and tahini caramel date bread from 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
Chai is a new Chinese restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen specializing in family-style dishes from Bejing. Bring a couple of friends and gather around one of the big round tables inside to eat things like Peking duck, mapo tofu, and soft shell crab. They’ve also got about 100 other dishes to try on their massive menu, which is available every day from 11:30am-11pm.
Our favorite LES food hall Essex Market has a new burger shop from the people behind Contra and Ends Meat. Mighties is all about smash burgers (offered as single or double patties with all the usual fixings), but you can also order a hot dog covered in onions and special sauce, or a basket of fries. Located at The Market Line on the bottom floor of the complex, Mighties seems like a good place to know about for a quick lunch or casual weeknight meal.
Part Indian restaurant, part retail space, Tagmo is the newest spot to open in the Seaport District downtown. The menu here includes 13 different small plates like baingan bharta, steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves, and roasted chicken with tomatoes and cashew cream. Tagmo started out as an online shop for small-batch Indian sweets, many of which you can also pick up over the counter at their dessert shop.
Fresh Pond Cocktail Club
If you’re on the hunt for a new cocktail spot in Ridgewood, Fresh Pond is the latest bar to open in the area. They’ve got a menu of things like mai tais and Negronis that you can consume in a dark bar area with lots of big booths or out back on a small garden patio.
One of the fall openings we were excited about, Cha Kee, has finally opened in Chinatown. From sweet and sour pork belly to dan dan noodles made with ramen and a runny egg yolk, Cha Kee is serving a menu of Japanese and Cantonese mashup dishes. The head chef used to work at Mission Chinese Food, and you should look for an all-day menu of comfort food options at this new place on Mott Street.
If the thought of high-grade beef gives you butterflies, Esora Omakase is a new upscale spot you should definitely know about. They’ve just started doing a reservation-only wagyu and tempura tasting menu experience in the East Village that’s only open for one seating per night. You can book a dinner here for up to seven people starting at 6:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday. And throughout your meal, you’ll meet several courses of dishes like shrimp head tempura, wagyu nigiri, and A5 Ozaki beef strip loin served all on its own.
This neighborhood bakery and coffee shop with two locations in Williamsburg has just opened a third spot in Soho. You could just stop by to grab an almond latte in the morning, but if the Lower Manhattan spot is anything like the other cafes, it’ll serve food you’ll want to sit down and enjoy. Think sausage rolls, breakfast empanadas, olive oil muffins, and more.
There’s a new Maman location serving pistachio chocolate croissants, nutty chocolate chip cookies, and slices of lavender loaf cake inside Rockefeller Center. It’s currently open every day for breakfast and lunch, plus you can rent out the plant-covered space for your next private event. Head to their website for more information and their full menu.
Harlem’s newest speakeasy just opened on West 143rd Street and it looks like a great option for a date night in the Hamilton Heights area. Cloak Room has a menu of bourbon cocktails and fancy bar snacks like deviled eggs topped with caviar and charcuterie. So stop by and share a few small plates the next time you want to impress someone Uptown.
As You Are
The newly-opened Ace Hotel Brooklyn now has a restaurant, bar, and bakery on its first floor. As You Are serves coffee and pastries like B.E.C focaccia in the morning and dinner plates like a short rib cheeseburger and octopus-mezcal ragu at night. Their wood-covered dining room also offers desserts like chocolate cake and Portuguese egg tarts over the counter all day.
There’s a new rooftop natural wine bar in Bushwick that just opened in the former factory space of Oddfellow ice cream. The casual drinking hole is run by illustrator Cerise Zelenetz, who has filled both the indoor and outdoor seating areas with big round tables where you can sip some chardonnay from Ojai and snack on things like smoked trout, burrata, or radishes with anchovies & aioli.
The team behind Chavela’s in Crown Heights has taken over the space next door with a new cocktail bar. Altar is the dark and plush new home to inventive drinks like cacio e pepe martinis and a new spin on traditional horchata, plus small plates like patatas bravas and charcuterie.
If you’ve ever been curious about the art of spit-roasting, this new French restaurant in Flatiron might be a place you’d want to check out for dinner. La Rotisserie is from Francis Staub, the person behind all the fancy French cookware, and specializes in different types of whole roasted meat like chicken, duck, and prime short rib. They’ve also got dishes like foie gras terrine and lobster salad you can try Tuesday through Saturday.
The people behind Laut have just opened a new Malaysian and Indonesian restaurant on the Upper West Side. The wide-ranging Southeast Asian menu has everything from nasi lemak and curry laksa to BBQ ribs and roasted Hainanese chicken rice, all of which is served family-style.
After being in soft-open mode since the beginning of August, this small Greenpoint taqueria on the corner of Franklin and Oak Streets has officially opened for business. Their tacos - which all cost $4 - range from shredded suadero to longaniza, remind us of the stuff we’ve eaten in Mexico City (where one of the owners, Giovanni Cervantes, grew up).
The team who brought you the towering finocchio salad at Altro Paradiso and sexually-charged date nights at Estela have a new all-day cafe and bakery in Midtown’s Rockefeller Plaza. At Lodi, you can get coffee and pastries in the morning, porchetta panino at lunchtime (made with bread baked in house), and spritzes and Italian drinking snacks at night. Lodi releases reservation batches two weeks in advance, and you can already snag one for breakfast or lunch.
Hana Makgeolli is a one-of-a-kind Korean rice wine brewery in Greenpoint. And since early August, they’ve been serving this beverage by the glass or carafe along with Korean bar snacks like dubu kimchi, bossam, and gamja jeon. The taproom is open Thursday-Sunday, but they also have bottles in the back that you can bring to your apartment for later, plus they offer nationwide shipping online.
This Indian restaurant project has been serving vegan and vegetarian dishes inside Michael & Ping’s in Gowanus since the beginning of summer. So if you’re looking for some homemade chana masala with tea and black cardamom, watermelon chaat salad, or dal makhani in the area, stop by from 5-9pm, Thursday-Sunday.
Since June, this slice shop in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has been serving NY-style and Sicilian square pies with a wide range of toppings on Nostrand Avenue. And just in case you want to give your Virgo roommate a heart-shaped happy birthday pizza like any real friend would, you can call ahead to place your custom order of walk right in between 11am and 10pm any day of the week.
A new French bistro just opened inside the former Leonelli Taberna space at the Evelyn Hotel in Nomad. In addition to a massive raw bar and entrees like steak au poivre and rotisserie chicken, Bar Benno has a nightly Happy Hour menu you should know about. Swing by from 5-7pm for hors d’oeuvres like escargots and pâté de campagne with aperitifs and cocktails at their giant U-shaped bar - a feature that makes us think Benno has the potential to be a new addition to our guide for Where To Eat At The Bar Right Now.
Big Night is a new store in Greenpoint run by Katherine Lewin - a person we know well here, seeing as how she used to be The Infatuation’s Editorial Director of Restaurants. Now, she’s opened what is essentially one big shoppable dinner party. The pantry is full of exciting options like olive oils exclusively made by women, small-producer cheeses, and charcuterie. And the shelves are covered in colorful glassware, one-of-a-kind ceramics, and French cutlery your dinner guests will want to steal.
The team behind Crown Shy has opened a new upscale spot 63 floors above their other restaurant in Fidi. Saga offers a $245 seven-course tasting menu involving rotating options like a seafood dish with fluke served five different ways, poached duck breast, and lobster. You can enjoy it all on one of the restaurant’s various outdoor terraces, inside the dining area, or in a massive sunroom with incredible views of Midtown.
Great Jones Distilling Co.
Manhattan just got its first legal whiskey distillery since the Prohibition era with the opening of Great Jones. If you have any interest in bourbon, this restored building in Noho would be a great spot to do a tasting in the near future. They’ve got a bar area on the second floor where you can sip whiskey cocktails and order a burger if you get hungry.
After moving to a new location in Red Hook, Fort Defiance is back in action in its new home on Van Buren Street (just one block away from their original spot). Stop by for sandwiches on homemade focaccia, pastries, pantry goods, produce, rotisserie chicken, and more.
This two-story bar and restaurant from the team behind Sel Rrose just opened on 2nd Avenue in the East Village. If you’re in the mood for dishes like buffalo chicken spring rolls, a burger with bacon jam, or avocado salmon toast, grab a seat underneath the big chandeliers inside Little Rebel’s Victorian-style dining room. Or, come here for drinks on their balcony overlooking the street.
A chef who used to have a successful Thai spot in Jackson Heights has brought a bunch of his most popular dishes to this new Nothern Thai restaurant on the Upper East Side. So even if you don’t live nearby, Zaab Putawn seems like a great place to stop in and try some Isan-style deep-fried fermented pork ribs, papaya salads, and herbaceous noodle soups soon.
This Neapolitan pizza spot has just opened a second location in Greenwich Village. That means you now have a new place in the area where you can pick up things like margherita pies, chocolate panna cotta, and plump calzones.
If the phrase “oyster Happy Hour” makes you feel alive, you’ll be happy to know that the team behind The Mermaid Inn has just opened a new seafood spot. It’s in the former P.J. Clark’s space in Greenwich Village, and there’s a daily Happy Hour special from 4:30-6pm available both indoors and outside. There’s also a dinner menu full of more raw seafood options, entrees, and cocktails available during the rest of the night.
The West Village now has a Daily Provisions outpost on Bedford Street that’s open from 8am-12pm daily. For now, it’s got a limited menu of toast, pastries, and some pantry staples, but soon, they’ll be opening another location on the westside with a full menu that’ll probably involve all of the sandwiches and crullers we know and love.
This new cocktail bar took over the old Noorman’s Kil space in Williamsburg back in January 2021. And ever since, this spacious neighborhood spot has been serving blue cosmos, spicy margaritas, and cans of beer every day. The backyard at this place is big enough to host a garden party with all your closest friends, but most people just visit for Happy Hour drinks surrounded by well-dressed strangers.
The Beer Garage
After opening a beer bar in Park Slope just over a year ago, the Beer Garage team has opened a second location in the West Village this week. The new Christopher Street spot is also serving craft beer in a space that’s meant to feel like somewhere you might go to get your non-existent tires repaired.
Nook has opened its part coffee shop, part beer bar in Bushwick. Expect a menu of local drafts, caffeinated drinks, and snacks like a grilled cheese sandwich or pretzel bites. It looks like a great place to sit on a couch that isn’t in your apartment and spend a few hours getting some work done on your computer.
Sami & Susu
El Rancho Dominicano
A new Dominican spot just opened up in Greenpoint, and it serves the kind of meaty dishes that the owner, Jose Tineo, struggled to find while growing up in the neighborhood. From pollo guisado to filete de pescado frito, El Manjar Dominicano offers a wide range of Dominican breakfast platters, lunch specials, and dinner options from 7:30am-8:30pm every day.
Jerrell’s Betr Brgr
This late-night vegan burger spot in Soho seems like a great option for a plant-based meal in the neighborhood. From loaded chili cheese fries and vegan milkshakes to double-patty smash burgers and soft-serve sundaes with complimentary mugs, Jerrell’s Betr Brg has a full menu of comfort food options that won’t require a Lactaid pill.
Sushi By M
Few meals bring us as much joy as the $55 omakase at Sushi By M in the East Village. That’s why we’re so excited to see that the same team just opened a new restaurant one block away from the original. Most of the seats inside are at the counter, but there are also a couple of tables where you can eat 12 pieces of things like seared albacore, creamy scallop, and wagyu with uni.
A new East Village bar just opened up right new door to Mister Paradise, and it looks like a great place to have a fun night out on First Avenue. There’s a relatively long food menu with stuff like andouille sausage corn dogs, lamb burgers, chicken skewers, and even a raw bar. Plus, all the drinks at Sidney’s Five are under $15.
We checked out Sidney’s Five and added it to our Bar Hit List.
Since June, this new restaurant in Long Island City has been serving dishes like tacos, fried chicken sandwiches, shrimp po’boys, and more for dinner on weeknights and lunch on weekends. So the next time you’re looking for a new plant-covered patio in Queens where you can spend the rest of summer sipping margaritas, check out Carla.
Marakand is a new Queens spot that serves Uzbek dishes from 11am to 11pm, seven days a week. That means you can come here and cover your table with an assortment of skewers, mounds of plov, and steaming hot bowls of Lagman noodles essentially whenever you need to.
Chip City has just opened its seventh NYC location inside Rockefeller Center. Their newest spot will have a rotating menu of four cookie flavors like strawberry shortcake and chocolate eclair available.
Ms. Kim’s is an upscale karaoke bar in Koreatown where you can belt out Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and have a healing group crying session with your close friends in a soundproof private room. The luxurious experience can also include craft cocktails, soju, and Korean bar snacks like shrimp tempura and chicken karaage.
Dog Day Afternoon
Is it even really summer if you didn’t have a hot dog? While you consider this important question, you should also know that a new takeout spot in Windsor Terrace is serving Chicago-style hot dogs loaded with pickles, tomatoes, sweet relish, onion, from 12-7pm daily. Each one is made with Vienna Beef and you can play Ms. Pac Man on an old-school arcade machine while you wait for your order.
One White Street
Tribeca has a new tasting menu restaurant from an ex-Eleven Madison Park chef, located inside of a multi-story townhouse. The first floor is a walk-in-only wine bar, but on the second and third floors, you’ll need a reservation to experience the six-course dinner. The prix-fixe menu at One White Street costs $148 per person and features a range of seasonal ingredients brought down from Rigor Hill Farm in the Hudson Valley.
Two years after closing its doors in East Williamsburg, this Vietnamese restaurant and coffee shop is back with a new space in Ridgewood. Nhà Mình is now serving dishes like pork bánh mì, chicken curry bowls, grilled shrimp, and seitan skewers over the counter at the music venue Trans Pecos.
Romero Delicatessen in Cobble Hill has everything you need by way of pantry items, from fresh bread and charcuterie to chocolates and high-quality olive oil. You can also stop by their deli counter for a prosciutto sandwich served on Balthazar bread, a greek salad, or some homemade pistachio tiramisu. Romero’s outdoor patio is open from 9am to 7pm, every day except Saturday with a BYOB policy.
The seventh NYC restaurant from the Felice team just opened on the Upper West Side. The two-floor Italian spot is serving pasta, salads, and build-your-own negronis on the corner of 71st Street and Columbus Avenue daily.
There’s a new mostly vegetarian and vegan noodle shop that just popped up on the corner of Orchard and Stanton Street on the LES. It’s got a casual dining room with lots of big windows, small tables, and a few aqua blue banquettes where you can eat things like mushroom donburi, glass noodles topped with tofu, and eggplant miso buns. If you’re craving some dessert after dinner here, Mother Duck has some dairy-free green tea yogurt.
The team behind Le Crocodile just opened another flashy French place six floors above it at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Bar Blondeau is a massive natural wine bar with great views of the Manhattan skyline where you can snack on mussel toast, order several rounds of oysters, and lounge in a big velvet booth with some friends. For now, Bar Blondeau is only taking reservations for its dining room, but they’ve also got a large outdoor terrace with patio furniture that’s open for walk-ins.
After the original founders of Ample Hills Creamery declared bankruptcy and sold their business in 2020, the team is making a comeback with a new ice cream parlor in Prospect Heights. From chocolate fudge sundaes and ice-cream sodas to old-fashioned doughnuts and butterscotch milkshakes, The Social serves a wide range of sweets on the corner of Washington Avenue and St. Johns Place.
Rosie Pizza Bar128 Central Ave
A new pizza place just opened in the former Archie’s space in Bushwick, and it stays open until 2am on weeknights and 4am on weekends. So if you’re looking to devour a thin-crust pie after midnight on a Wednesday, walk right in and check out the massive chalkboard menu. Usually, you’ll find cheese and pepperoni by the slice, plus options like sausage & onions or truffle pizza sold as 10-inch or 14-inch pies.
Los Dos Hermanos266 Carlton Ave
There’s a new Mexican tapas restaurant serving tacos, ceviche, and tamale platters right near the entrance to Fort Greene Park. Los Dos Hermanos also has a wicker-covered bar inside and a long wall covered in mezcal and tequila bottles. So keep this place in mind the next time you’re looking for a casual sit-down spot for drinks and a bite. In addition to dinner service every night, this new restaurant also serves brunch from 10am-2pm on weekends.Gia
If you’re looking to drink wine and eat pizza and pasta underneath a lemon tree in Noho, Gia is here for you. This new Italian spot on Bowery specializes in wood-fired pizza, seafood pasta, and shareable snacks like an extra-large meat and cheese plate. Gia’s patio is shaded by what appears to be a real lemon tree, but they’ve also got a spacious indoor dining area that’s open for dinner on weeknights and brunch on weekends.Liz Clayman
Casual wine bars are popping up all over the city right now, but Temperance is the only one we’ve seen with a big backyard garden that could work for larger groups. This new West Village drinking spot also looks like a fun place to share a bottle of sparkling wine with a date you’d like to impress. If you get hungry, know that Temperance also offers a small menu of bar snacks like paté and a cheese plate.Teddy Wolff
Mark Iacono and the team behind Lucali opened a slice shop in Carroll Gardens called Baby Luc’s. According to their Instagram, through Sunday, July 25th, the new pizza place will have a 100-order limit of square slices available each day. All week, Baby Luc’s has had hour-plus wait times immediately after they open at 5pm. Our unsurprising advice? Show up early. We’ve got more details here.
Au Za’atar1063 1st Ave
This TikTok famous Lebanese spot opened a second location in the former Rosa Mexicano space on 58th Street in Midtown East. So if you’re in the mood for creamy labne topped with olives and a slick of olive oil or grilled mix platter with sumac-dusted fries, know that Au Za’atar is the newest spot to find it.Carlo Mantuano
Evil Katsu435 East 9th Street
Evil Katsu, one of our favorite new spots to pick up a katsu sandwich, just opened its own brick-and-mortar restaurant in the East Village. Evil Katsu used to be a pop-up inside Pretty Ricky’s on the LES, but now they’ve got an expanded menu at their new place on 9th street, including pork and chicken katsu bites, umami mushrooms, and seasonal specials like udon noodles with heirloom tomatoes.
Sarashina Horii45 E 20th St
Soba noodle fans, this one’s for you. Sarashina Horii, a popular Japanese restaurant specializing in soba made from buckwheat, just opened its first U.S. location in Flatiron. The menu has an entire section dedicated to both cold and hot soba dishes, most of which come topped with options like lobster, prawn, or mushroom tempura. You can also order crab cakes, fish carpaccio stone-grilled duck, and more non-soba dishes you can share with anyone you bring here for lunch or dinner.Albert Cheung
Local Roots398 Court St
Carroll Gardens has a new Chinese cafe and market that’s serving up lunch dishes made with the same seasonal produce you’d find in a CSA delivery box. In addition to fan tuan rice balls, zha jiang, and vegetarian mapo tofu, Local Roots also sells a curated selection of fresh ingredients and pantry staples like tomatoes from Hudson Valley farmers and milk bread from ACQ Bread Co..
Creamline Beer Garden75 9th Ave
If you’re wondering when your friends are going to stop sharing beach, boat, and lake pictures, might we suggest bringing your summer-travel-envy self elsewhere? One of our favorite breweries in the Catskills is collaborating with burger-and-milkshake spot, Creamline, on a brand new beer garden outside of Chelsea Market. Starting Thursday, July 22nd, you can come for a new burger menu as well as over 10 different beers from Catskill Brewery (most of which are difficult to find anywhere else in the city).
Baba Cool Williamsburg47 Withers St
The next time you want to eat something that’s healthy, quick, and not the exact same thing you already had for lunch three times this week, try Baba Cool’s new location in Williamsburg. Similar to the Fort Greene original, you’ll find a rotation selection of bowls, toasts, salads, and sandwich options here, plus a large back patio with couches and string lights.
Sweet Avenue40-05 Queens Blvd
Sunnyside has a new beer hall and bottle shop that looks like the kind of place where you might spot a lava lamp in the corner and hear a DJ spinning disco records on vinyl. They have a rotating menu of drafts from local breweries like Alewife Brewing and Equilibrium Brewery that you can drink at the bar or with a group at one of the high-top tables inside.Rebecca Fondren
Saint Theo’s340 Bleecker St
The team behind American Bar and Cafe Clover just opened a new upscale Italian restaurant in the West Village. The attractive dining room has green banquettes, vintage dining chairs, and a menu full of mostly pasta and seafood dishes you’d likely eat on a trip to Venice. So if you’re looking for a new place to eat some hamachi crudo, pesto linguine, or a minty branzino, check out this massive new spot on Bleeker.
Bronson’s Burgers250 Mulberry StGiada Paoloni
Sixty Three Clinton63 Clinton St
Two chef friends who have worked together at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and Bar Uchū over the years have just opened a new upscale American spot on the LES. The focus at Sixty Three Clinton is a $92 seven-course tasting menu with dishes like a breakfast taco with smoked trout roe, smoked corn topped with caviar, and roasted tomato agnolotti with black garlic ricotta. But the restaurant also a chef’s counter where you can order off of an à la carte menu, which includes fancy bar snacks like a caviar hand roll.Evan Sung
Dominique Ansel Workshop17 E 27th St
You can now pick up a wide range of French pastries like olive oil croissants and brioche bressane from the Dominique Ansel team’s new takeout counter in Flatiron. It’s located inside their massive pastry kitchen on 27th Street, where they’ll be serving a rotating selection of flaky baked goods every single day. And since it’s just one block north of Madison Square Park, keep this place in mind for your next Manhattan picnic.
Strong Roots16 W 23rd St
A new vegan takeout spot is now operating out of Hudson Hound in the West Village. You may have seen Strong Roots’s food in the plant-based frozen foods section at your favorite grocery store, but now the team is breaking into the restaurant scene with options like buffalo cauliflower burgers, sweet potato fries, and grain bowls. They’re all available for both takeout and delivery in Lower Manhattan every day except Monday.
Somewhere in Nolita30 Kenmare St
Lower Manhattan’s newest rooftop bar is now serving colorful cocktails and seafood-heavy bar snacks on top of The Nolitan Hotel. Somewhere in Nolita is open Thursday-Sunday from 5pm-12am, so if you’re looking for great views after hours, here’s one place where you can find them.
If you choose cocktails based on whichever drink has mezcal in it, this new Mexican restaurant and bar in Williamsburg should be on your personal Bar Hit List. In addition to a bar full of craft tequila and mezcal available (and Happy Hour specials every day from 5pm-7pm), Aldama serves a full menu of Mexican dishes - like tostadas and a cacao tamal with hoja santa. Plus, they’ve got a basement-level room with chic bar stools woven like wicker baskets where, if you squint, you might feel like you’re in Mexico City.
We checked out Aldama and added it to our Bar Hit List.Shukette
One of our favorite places to eat in Soho, Shuka, has just opened a sister restaurant in Chelsea. Shukette is serving a similar Mediterranean and Middle Eastern menu in a more casual space on Ninth Street, which has a long bar counter covered in light wood inside and a bunch of sidewalk seating outside. Come here for a fun dinner involving a range of dips, salads, and grilled meats from the Levant region in the Middle East.
Yubu86 E 7th St
A new Korean takeout spot has landed in the East Village. Yubu specializes in rice-filled tofu pockets topped with things like beef bulgogi, pork jaeyook, crab meat, and spicy mushrooms. It looks like a strong contender for our guide for Where To Take A Snack Break In The East Village.William Hereford
Les Trois Chevaux285 W 12th St
The chef and owner behind The Beatrice Inn just opened a flashy new French spot in the Greenwich Village. It’s got all the glamorous elements you’d probably expect from a brasserie downtown - oversized mirrors, massive flower bouquets, and blue velvet banquettes. Not to mention Les Trois Chevaux has a rotating menu of fancy French dishes like duck terrine, veal brain, and pigeon’s breast. You should also know that this place has a strict dress code that explicitly forbids blue jeans, shorts, and sneakers.
Good news for all burger lovers out there - Jucy Lucy has arrived in Greenpoint. They’ve got customizable options with single, double, and triple-stacked patties on the menu, but their namesake Juicy Lucy burger involves two patties stuffed with cheese. If that’s not enough to get this place on your personal 2021 summer restaurant bucket list, they also have a full bar and a massive back patio with umbrella-covered tables galore.
A stylish chef who used to cook at The Fat Radish has opened a new seafood spot in the West Village. So if you’re ever in the area looking for a seafood tower, scallop aguachile, or sea urchin bucatini, head to Nat’s on Bank. In addition to a raw bar and a long natural wine list, Nat’s has a colorful corner spot with a large sidewalk patio and a mural-covered bathroom with a disco ball inside.
Gazab, the newest Indian restaurant on the LES, serves new takes on classic Indian dishes like goan shrimp vindaloo, bok choy chaat, and tandoori pineapple. According to their website, “gazab” means fabulous - so don’t be surprised by the mural of a woman covered in jewels holding a champagne flute filled with mango lassi in their casual dining room. Stop by during the day to make the most of the lunch prix-fixe specials, which include three-courses of vegetarian options for $18 options or $20 for meat options from 12-4pm every weekday.